Gregory Wolfe On Art and Culture

One of the best interviews I’ve read on the place of conservatism and its approach to our culture: Jeremy Beer interviews Gregroy Wolfe of Image magazine. Please read this.

An excerpt:

I am not about to say that things haven’t gotten bad in Western civilization over the last 100 years, but on the other hand, one of the things a deep conservatism knows is that things are always going to hell in a handbasket. It knows how to balance tearing down with building up. I once wrote a piece called “Why I Am a Conscientious Objector in the Culture Wars.” The argument I made was that if both sides were so busy spraying toxic chemicals on each other’s crops, by the time they were through, nothing would be able to grow.

Why write?

Writing is only incidentally a way of telling others what you think. Its first use is for the making of what you think, for the discovery of understanding, an act that happens only in language.

Richard Mitchell, The Gift of Fire, P. 11